A local woman, Mango Devi, has accused a head constable of misbehaving with her and her son at the city police station on Saturday.
Incidentally, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had issued directions last year that no woman complainant would be summoned to a police station.
The woman alleged that the cop threatened to implicate her and her son in a false case when they were called to the police station with regard to a complaint about her missing daughter.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Mango Devi of Prem Nagar said her daughter had gone missing on May 6. Later, it was found that Khanna Ram, who lives in their locality, allegedly took her to an unknown place.
She said a complaint was lodged with the city police station the same day, but the police had failed to locate her daughter so far. She alleged that family members of the accused came to her house on June 10 and threatened her.
Mango Devi said she also submitted a complaint with the city police against family members of the accused.
"On June 10, when I and my son were coming out of the police station, head constable Prem Lal, deputed as the investigation officer in the case, started misbehaving with us and abusing us," alleged Devi.
She further alleged that Prem Lal called them to the police station on Saturday morning regarding the complaint.
"When we reached the police station, he threatened us and put pressure on us to close the case, but we refused," the complainant alleged.
Devi's son Suresh said it was shameful that all this happened despite the Punjab government's order not to call women to a police station.
Devi and her son went to submit a complaint against the head constable with senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dhanpreet Kaur, but she was not available. So, they met superintendent of police (SP, detective) Gagan Ajit Singh, who in turn, ordered the SHO, city police station, to inquire into the matter.
Speaking to HT, head constable Prem Lal refuted allegations of misbehaviour and intimidation. He claimed that he had called Devi and her son to record their statements.
"I also visited their residence to record their statements, but they did not cooperate," said Lal, when asked why he called a woman complainant to the police station. He said Devi's adult daughter and Khanna Ram were having an affair.
SP (D) Gagan Ajit Singh said he had asked SHO Ranjeet Singh to verify Mango Devi's allegations against the head constable. When asked why the woman complainant was summoned to the police station, he said this aspect would also be checked.